It has come to my attention that one of the chief arguments proffered against monarchy (and of course in the Anglophone world the prototypical monarchy is considered to be be the British Monarchy, though I myself am more partial to the systems employed in Liechtenstein and Monaco) is that it is expensive. Quite often republicans will say that the Monarchy is merely an anachronism that costs the taxpayers money for no good reason.
I wish I could put such nonsense, at least regarding the British Monarchy, to bed once and for all in this post, but I entertain no delusions that my small voice will do more than put a minuscule dent in the uninformed cacophony of mindless republican meme-blather.
Pay close attention to what you are about to read, friend. It is important. Memorize it. It will, so to speak, be on the test.
The British Monarchy Does Not
Cost One Haypenny.
Did you get that? The Monarchy is free. It does not cost the taxpayers of Britain one red cent. The royals pay for themselves and leave a huge profit to the British government. Don’t believe me? Here’s a link to the story in The Telegraph explaining the whole thing.
In summary, HM George III of the UK gave the revenue from the Crown Estate(land belonging to the Crown) to the Government in exchange for a Civil List payment in 1760.
In 2009, total government spending on all aspects of the Monarchy totaled £35.1 million, while revenue from the Crown Estates dwarfed that figure at £226.5 million.
Or, to put it another way, if you’re a British Republican and you are about to complain about how much Her Majesty and Her family ‘cost’ you: Don’t.
Samuel C. Starrett
Resident Rambling Royalist